Archive for 2019

Upcoming Events At Westminster Libraries

Westminster Libraries host many events and workshops.

To view the upcoming events please visit the Westminster City Council website here.

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Christmas Recycling and Rubbish Services

There will be changes to rubbish and recycling collection days over Christmas and New Year.

For example, recycling and rubbish will not be collected on Christmas Day.

To find out more about the changes please click here.

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On: 21st November

This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on event is being held on Thursday 21st November.

To find out more please click here.

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Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch-On: 14th November

This year's Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on event is being held on Thursday 14th November.

The event will start at 5pm. To find out more please click here.

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Dance Westminster

Westminster City Council and Everyone Active is teaming up with local inclusive dance company Step Change Studios to launch Dance Westminster, an innovative initiative which encourages more disabled people in the community to be active.

Open to people with disabilities aged 11 and over who live, study or work in the borough, Dance Westminster will give people the opportunity to attend 1 of 3 free workshops where they can experience an inclusive, engaging dance class and learn a dance routine.

For more information please visit westminster.gov.uk/dance-westminster

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The 2019 Marylebone Service- 26th November

The 2019 Marylebone Service is being held on Tuesday 26th November.

The service is being held at St. Marylebone Parish Church and will start at 6.45pm.

To find out more information, including how to RSVP for the service, you can view the leaflet here.

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Apply for a primary school place for entry in September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be starting Reception in primary school from September 2020.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020.

For more information, and to start the process of applying, click here.

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Apply for a secondary school place for entry in September 2020

If your child is in Year 6 of primary school, you will need to be thinking about which secondary schools you would like to apply to for your child to start their secondary education from September 2020.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, you will need to apply for a secondary school place by 31 October 2019.

For more information, and to start the process of applying, click here.

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Westminster City Council 20mph Consultation

Westminster City Council wants your thoughts on the proposal to have 20mph speed limits across Westminster.

You can find out more here and submit your views by visiting the survey here.

The consultation will close on Tuesday 10th December. 

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Working To Deal With Beggars and Rough Sleeping Constructively

Begging and rough sleeping are a huge issue in our area, and my colleagues and I have been working to deal with these issues constructively.

Physical barriers have been erected to stop items being stored on top of the caretakers shed in Cavendish Square, and the police are dealing with those beggars that are part of organised crime.

All the local benches have now been screwed down as well, so they can’t be moved around, and they have also had divisions added to them so people are unable to sleep on them.

It is very important that residents and others give to charity as opposed to the individuals so that services can be made available for all those who need them.

Westminster City Council spends over £7m per year on rough sleeping – more than any other council in the country. Of course, it’s a bigger issue here, too, with people from all over the UK, mainland Europe and beyond, finding themselves sleeping rough.

To find out more about what is being done to deal with rough sleeping you can visit my article here.

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Westminster City Council’s Hidden Network of Heroes

Westminster City Council spends over £7m per year on rough sleeping – more than any other council in the country. Of course, it’s a bigger issue here, too, with people from all over the UK, mainland Europe and beyond, finding themselves sleeping rough.

In response to the problem, Westminster City Council has launched the ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ campaign to raise awareness of the work done to help more rough sleepers off the streets and turn their lives around. An army of staff and volunteers already helps rough sleepers who may be suffering mental illness, battling addiction, family breakdown or abuse, but without sufficient recognition.

The dedication of these staff and volunteers enables over 80% of rough sleepers to avoid a second night out. It’s worth noting that less than 3% of rough sleepers in Westminster have links to the area and 97% of those that engage with our services find their way off the streets for good.

The ‘Hidden Network of Heroes’ is a priority for Westminster Council. To find out more about the Hidden Network, the services available to rough sleepers and to donate please visit their website here.

Westminster Council has also recently set out a draft homelessness strategy, and you can find out more about this by visiting https://www.westminster.gov.uk/housing-strategies

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Apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund. 

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Friday 8th November. To find out more please click here. 

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Come Along To Our Silver Sunday Event On 6th October

Senior Soho residents and those from elsewhere in the West End and St James's are invited to a tea dance from 3-5pm on Sunday 6 October in recognition of Silver Sunday.

We will be delighted to offer tea, refreshments and music to dance to for those who will join us and we may have a few surprises on the day!

Organised by the Conservative Councillors from the West End and St James’ Wards, we are grateful to Zedel’s in Soho, who have provided the Crazy Coq’s, 20 Sherwood Street, W1, for the event.

If you would like to join us please register here or email Mark to let us know.

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Hold Crossrail To Public Account

Following local concerns about Crossrail, I have relaunched the Tottenham Court Road Community Liaison Panel.

This will be an opportunity for local residents to hold Crossrail to account.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 10th September, at Oxford Circus House, 245 Oxford Street, and will start at 6.30pm.

If you would like to find out more about my activities as a Councillor for West End Ward, please sign up for my email updates here.


PopUp Business School in Westminster from 16th-27th September

The PopUp Business School is in Westminster from Monday 16th September to Friday 27th September, based at Churchill Gardens Residents' Hall.

To find out more about the support they offer for businesses please click here.

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Find Out About Your Local Police Team

You can find out about meetings and events being held by your local police team, as well as the locations of your nearest police stations, on the Met Police's website.

The website also allows you to voice your concerns to your local police team, and subscribe to receive updates from them.

To find out more visit the Met Police website here and enter your postcode or address, or click 'Use current location'.

If you would like to find out more about my activities as a Councillor for West End Ward, please sign up for my email updates here.


Change4Life Westminster

Change4Life Westminster encourages and supports children, young people and families across our area to make healthy lifestyle choices, making it easier for children and young people to eat well and be active.

To find out about the activities and events they are running you can visit the Westminster City Council website here.

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Westminster Business Council

If you run a business, the Westminster Business Council is an excellent organisation to get involved with.

They host regular events, including networking, and are on hand to provide additional support if needs be.

To find out more you can visit their website here.

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#MyWestminster Summer Events and Activities

This summer there are exciting activities taking place across Westminster and beyond for children, young people and their families. 

To find out more, and view the full schedule, please visit the Westminster City Council website here.

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Plan for Soho Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 3rd July

Plan for Soho's Annual General Meeting is being held on Wednesday 3rd July.

It will start at 6pm, and will be held at the NHS Soho Walk in Community Centre, 1 Frith Street, London, W1D 3HZ.

If you live or work in the Soho Neighbourhood Area you can become a member at the AGM. You can find out more by visiting their website here.

If you would like to find out more about my activities as a Councillor for West End Ward, please sign up for my email updates here.


The #DontBeIdle Campaign

Westminster suffers from the worst air pollution in the country, with road transport contributing to more than half of the most deadly emissions.

To improve air quality, Westminster City Council is running a #DontBeIdle campaign. You can find out more about the campaign here.

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Events at The Fitzrovia Chapel

The Fitzrovia Chapel regularly holds events, including open days.

To find out the latest events visit the Chapel's website here.

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Vitality Westminster Mile- 26th May

The Westminster Mile is back and being held on Sunday 26th May.

The course begins at The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.

There are categories for all ages and abilities, so everyone can take part.

For more information visit https://www.vitalitywestminstermile.co.uk/ 

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#MyWestminster Day on 30th June

The third #MyWestminster Day is taking place on Sunday 30th June at Paddington Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale, W9 1PD.

The event will start at 11am and is due to end at 3pm.

To find out more click here.

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Soho Angels

Westminster City Council and LGBT Foundation have partnered to create the Soho Angels and Soho Night Hub.

The Soho Angels offer information, support and a safe space to those who need help while out at night.

The Night Hub is at St Anne's Church Community Centre on Dean Street.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer your time, you can visit their website here.

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Campaign to review Liquor Licences for The Dorchester Hotel and 45 Park Lane

Cllr Tim Barnes and I are calling for a review of the Liquor Licences under which The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane operate. This follows legal changes introduced in Brunei by the Sultan of Brunei, the ultimate owner of both hotels.

To find out more about, and to support, our campaign, click here.

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The Soho Village Fete- Sunday 30th June

The Soho Village Fete is back this year on Sunday 30th June, from 12.30pm-6pm in St Anne's Gardens, Wardour Street.

To find out more about the event, and how you can get involved, click here.

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The #MyWestminster Fund

All voluntary organisations, residents, faith and community groups within Westminster are able to apply for the #MyWestminster Fund.

Applications for the last round of funding closed on 21st March, but you can find out more about the fund by clicking here.

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Westminster Jobs and Career Support

Jobs and career support is available from Westminster City Council.

You can find out about the latest council jobs, working in Westminster, and other career help by clicking here.

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Westminster City Save

Westminster residents are able to take advantage of special offers and discounts if they have a Westminster City Save card.

To find out more click here. You can also register for a card here.

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Tottenham Court Road Station Update

Crossrail’s contractor for the Tottenham Court Road project has released an update on works at the station, particularly highlighting a smoke test scheduled for the night of 7th March.

The full update can be viewed online here.

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Plans for Oxford Street

Following the recent consultation, Westminster City Council have published plans for improvement works in the Oxford Street District.

The ambition is to strengthen the world-renowned status of the entire District, and it has widespread support from residents and local stakeholders. We will consult with residents as we refine the Plan.


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South Molton Triangle Online Survey

Following the drop in sessions run by Grosvenor at the end of January regarding the South Molton Triangle, they have now launched an online survey to hear views on their plans for the area.

The survey is open until 8th March.

To share your views visit their survey here.

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Apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund.

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Thursday 21st March.

To find out more please click here.

If you would like to find out about events going on around Westminster, or about my activities as a Councillor for West End Ward, please sign up for my email updates here.